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14 ▼ July 7. 1905 ▼ Just out
opening of a
4848 SE D ivision St.
Portland, OR 97206
7819 SE Stark St.
P ortland, OR 97215
Friends help friends
The Friends o f People With AIDS Foundation seeks walkers
and their canine companions for a pledge walk
by Inga Sorensen
Em ily S im o n
620 SW Fifth Ave., Ste. 1204
Portland, Oregon 97204
( 503 )
(503) 241-2587 FAX
PHOTO BY COREY BAKER
representation of the
accused in all
traffic and DUII actions
in state, federal,
juvenile courts and
Darcelle X V and her best four-legged friend host the Best Friends Walk fo r Friends
Rich in craftsman detail
235 SE 20th • $119,900
Christmas toys for children.
o you know what happens to people
Additionally, the foundation has created a
in Oregon who die and don’t have the
specifically geared toward the care of pets.
money to have their remains dis
“If a person gets sick, they often can’t take care of
posed of?” asks an incredulous Corey
their pets. We use the funds to board pets when
Baker. “Their bodies are offered to
medical schools as cadavers. That just someone
seems is in the hospital, or to get animals the
shots and food they need. That can get very
terrible to me.”
expensive for someone who is living with AIDS
So the 61-year-old retired state employee set
and living on a very limited budget,” he says.
out to ensure that at least a few people didn’t
According to Baker, the foundation has about
suffer that indignity. “Over the past three years
$30,000 in the bank. “We haven’t applied for
we’ve probably helped close to 100 people [who
[federal AIDS funding] because they put all sorts
have died of AIDS complications] get cremated.
of stipulations on how the money can be spent,”
Their loved ones get the urns for free.... It just
he says. “And we didn’t want to re-invent the
seems so much more dignified and peaceful.”
wheel—there are a lot of agencies doing great
He adds: “Eleven years ago I suffered a heart
work out there already— so we thought it was
attack. Doctors told me I had 72 hours to live, and
important to be flexible enough to fill the voids.”
look, I ’m still here today. That experience
The group holds two major annual fund-rais
prompted me to take a closer look at my life. What
a dinner auction in October and a Benefit Dog
I decided was that I wanted to help those in need.”
Walk in July. This year’s Dog Walk will be held
And that’s what he’s been doing ever since.
July 29 at Laurelhurst Park in Southeast Portland.
Five years ago Baker founded the Friends of
Participants collect pledges and then bring out
People With AIDS Foundation, a nonprofit orga
their four-pawed friends for the walk.
nization that assists people living with HIV and
Interested parties may register now through
AIDS with their everyday and emergency needs.
the day of the walk. The “Best Friends Walk for
“We have a travel fund which is designed to
Friends” event will be hosted by Darcelle XV, and
help family and friends visit a loved one during
will feature booths and prizes. Registration is at 9
[his or her] final days,” says Baker. “I would
am; the walk begins at 10 am.
estimate we’ve helped bring 200 people here to
Registration and pledge forms are currently
visit their loved ones who were dying of AIDS.”
available at: M an’s Best Friend, 3445 SE
The Friends of People With AIDS Foundation
Hawthorne Blvd.; Beauty For The Beast, 3832
also has a cremation fund to pay for cremation
NE Sandy Blvd.; Chez José East, 2200 NE Broad
services for people who have died of AIDS com
way; Pet Set, 1411 SW 14th Ave.; Jelly Bean, 721
plications; an emergency food fund, which pro
SW 10th Ave.; Chez José West, 8502 SW
vides emergency food baskets to those in need;
and 310 Hair Design, 209 SW Ninth
and an entertainment fund, which allows the foun
Ave. For further information or to volunteer, call
dation to sponsor an annual Thanksgiving dinner
Baker at 245-7428.
for people with HIV and AIDS. Money from that
fund is also used to purchase Easter baskets and
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CAP seeks volunteers
The Cascade AIDS hotline is looking for vol
unteers to help staff the phones and gather re
source information for its database. In addition to
running the Oregon AIDS Hotline, CAP has added
a new service known as the Gay Resource Con
nection, which provides callers with information
about gay and lesbian events, activities, services
and organizations in their area. The Gay Resource
Connection is a toll-free number listed in the
white pages in all phone books in Oregon.
Hotline operators handle calls to both lines, and
volunteers are asked to commit to one shift per
week for a minimum of six months after complet
ing training. The next training will take place over
four days, July 22 and 23, and July 29 and 30. Call
the hotline at 223-2437 for more information.